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Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

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  • 1 Bunch, Cut Up Broccoli Florets
  • 1/2 Head, Cut Up Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 Medium, Diced Red Onion
  • 1 Pound Bacon
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Small Can, Sliced Waterchestnuts
  • 1/2 Cup, Salted Sunflower Seeds

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

The classic salad perfect for a picnic

30 minutes

Serves: 6-8


This salad comes together quickly and is made the night ahead making it a great make-ahead side dish for any picnic or summer gathering.

Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Ingredients

This Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is definitely a classic and a recipe I think every family has in their catalog. This one is the one from my Grandma, therefor it is the best. I think it could also be subtitled: “Don’t Second Guess Grandma” – or Mom for that matter. When I first looked at the recipe I thought the raisins sounded disgusting and I’m not a fan of water chestnuts so I debated those, too. I questioned the raisins and Mom said they were a must. I always try to make Grandma’s recipes as written so I went ahead with it exactly as she had it. And guess what – it was worth it! The water chestnuts get soft sitting in the dressing overnight so their texture is much better and the raisins give just the right amount of sweetness without being overly jarring.

With most recipes, I think about what I could do differently or what I might try next time. I’m not sure I would have anything to add or change to this one – it’s perfect as-is I think. Of course, if you want to keep it vegan you could use vegan mayonnaise and tempeh bacon or something. Without any dietary restrictions though, I would make it just like Grandma did. She does note that the recipe came from her friend, Lola, so I guess she can’t take ALL the credit.

This salad is really easy to throw together and sits in the fridge overnight. It’s perfect for making ahead of a picnic or summer gathering and making it so easy the next day to toss in the sunflower seeds and you’re ready to go! If you try this Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, please let me know what you think in the comments below or tag us in a picture on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Recipe Card


  • Preheat Oven to 400º 
  • Bake Bacon 

    I've found one of the easiest ways to cook bacon (with the least amount of clean up work) is to bake it in the oven. Simply lay out the bacon strips on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and cook in a preheated oven at 400º for about 20 to 25 minutes. It comes out crispy every time. Plus - the wire wracks make it so there is no need to flip the strips and a lot of the fat simply falls away. While the bacon is cooking you can put together the rest of the salad.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Prep Bacon
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Bacon Cooked
  • Make Dressing 

    Combine the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Dressing Ingredients
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Dressing Mixed
  • Chop the Vegetables 

    Chop the broccoli and cauliflower florets into bit size pieces and add to the large bowl with the dressing. Dice the red onion and at that, too.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Chopped Broccoli
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Add to Bowl
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Add Onions
  • Mix to Combine 

    Give everything a few big stirs to make sure its all very well coated.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Mix to Combine
  • Add Water Chestnuts & Raisins 
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Water Chestnuts & Raisins
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Mix to Combine
  • Add Bacon and Stir 

    After this stir, cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Add Bacon
    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Stir in Bacon
  • Add Sunflower Seeds 

    Right before you ready to serve (or leave for your picnic) add the sunflower seeds and give the salad one last toss to evenly distribute.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad Add Sunflower Seeds



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